Adam Sandler has been an indispensable part of American pop culture for over three decades. A comedy career didn’t even cross his mind until his brother suggested he try out at a Boston club as a 17-year-old. Do you think you know everything there is to know about this famous comedian’s life and career? Stop that right now! Here are ten things you didn’t know about Adam Sandler that will shock even his most devoted early supporters.
10. Adam Sandler Is A Successful Philanthropist
It’s worth emphasizing that, as an actor, Adam Sandler is incredibly kind and generous. Sandler has donated to 19 different organizations, as documented on the Look to the Stars website. When Sandler gave the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Manchester, New Hampshire, $1 million in 2007, it made national headlines. He has also helped raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief and autism awareness events. For comics who lost their jobs when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he helped fund hundreds of thousands of dollars.
9. He Is One Of The Biggest Hits On Netflix
While Netflix doesn’t disclose viewership data, they signed Adam Sandler to a deal to produce four features for them in 2014, indicating that he carries significant sway with the streaming giant. Seemingly satisfied with the performance, Netflix renewed its agreement with the comedian in 2017 for four additional films and increased the terms of the contract in 2020, which included Murder Mystery which saw Adam Sandler star alongside Jennifer Anniston.
8. Why Adam Sandler Became A Comedian
Adam Sandler told IGN that his father’s anger issues inspired him to become a comedian. The actor explained, “Well, part of my father’s having a temper led to me acquiring a sense of humor to calm the old man down.” There’s a lot of hilarity in that.
7. Adam Sandler’s Production Company
Happy Madison Productions was the production firm that Sandler started in 1999. The strange name of the company is a combination of the names of two of his oldest and most popular films, “Happy Gilmore” and “Billy Madison.”
6. Rob Schneider Played Match Maker
Jacqueline Titone, Sandler’s wife, is an actress and model who is friends with at least one of his famous friends. She previously collaborated with Rob Schneider on the film “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” Later on, Schneider introduced Titone to Sandler. There was an instant attraction between them because they began dating soon after.
5. He Was Fired From Saturday Night Live
Sandler left SNL in 1995 after participating in the show for five years. The actor, though, had no intention of leaving. Sandler was instead let go, as was fellow cast member Chris Farley, though Sandler has no idea why. According to his comments in the “Daily Beast,” “Yes, we were [fired]. We were fired, but we also resigned. That was the last of our runs. The fact that both you and he were let go? Really, who can say?
4. He Is Also An Accomplished Singer
In addition to being nominated for a Grammy, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Sandler’s first comedy album, “They’re All Gonna Laugh at You,” as double platinum, signifying sales of at least 2 million copies. The success of his first album led to the release of his second, “What the Hell Happened to Me?” which also achieved double platinum status. He has released six comedy albums so far, with 2019’s “100 percent Fresh” being the most recent.
3. A Surprising Statistic
Despite his massive popularity, Adam Sandler occasionally has films that bombs at the box office. Forbes claims that “That’s My Boy” only earned $57 million worldwide, while “Jack & Jill” only earned roughly $80 million. As a comparison, Sandler’s “Hotel Transylvania” made an estimated $358.4 million, while “Hotel Transylvania 2” made $473 million.
2. Adam Sandler Often Played “Dad” Roles Before Becoming A Father
Before having his own children, Adam Sandler played fatherly figures in the films “Big Daddy” and “Spanglish.” He told IGN in 2004 that he had “only started trying” to become a father.
” I just recently started trying. Doin’ the best I can. Feels good to try, but playing a father, I’m getting a little older. I see now that I’m taking it more serious and I do want that lifestyle. I do want children. I study dads more. I watch what they go through. I admire my father more than I ever did”
Today, Adam Sandler and his wife have two daughters, Sadie (born May 2006) and Sunny (born November 2008).
1. Adam Sandler’s Net Worth
Sandler’s net worth is estimated to be over $420 million by several sources who keep tabs on celebrity incomes. One of his characters would probably find that humorous, and we can’t help but think the same thing.